Queen’s Baton Relay route through Wales revealed, spending 5 days in Wales between 29 June and 3 July
The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay is confirmed to visit several locations during its journey through Wales this summer, as the full route is now revealed.
Birmingham 2022 is hosting the 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay – a journey which brings together and celebrates communities across the Commonwealth during the build up to the Games. In Wales, the Queen’s Baton Relay will provide the opportunity for communities to experience the excitement for Birmingham 2022, as the 11 days of showstopping sport nears ever closer.
The Queen’s Baton Relay is set to travel from North Wales on Wednesday 29 June 2022, down to Pembrokeshire and across South Wales over a total of 5 days, before it’s final destination into England, culminating at the Opening Ceremony for Birmingham 2022 on 28 July 2022.
On Wednesday 29 June, Anglesey will officially welcome the Baton, having come in from Northern Ireland.
A busy schedule of activities and events are planned for the Queen’s Baton Relay, with opportunities to highlight untold stories from Batonbearers who are striving for change in their community.
During its time in Wales, the Queen’s Baton Relay will visit Anglesey, Gwynedd, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, West Glamorgan, South Glamorgan, Monmouthsire and Rhondda Cynon Taff, and will experience numerous activities from school engagement, local communities, historical sites, climate debates and sustainability projects, together with some action packed excitement involving a speed boat, zip wire and a plane.
The daily schedule of activity for the Baton in Wales includes:
- Day 1 29.06.22
- Day 2 30.06.22
- Day 3 01.07.22
- Day 4 02.07.22
Neath Port Talbot
Rhondda Cynon Taff
- Day 5 03.07.22
South Wales (Newport, Cardiff, Swansea)
Members of the public are encouraged to get involved with the celebrations and embrace the arrival of the Baton at numerous locations, taking the opportunity to experience the excitement of the Commonwealth Games build up in their community. The Commonwealth Games Wales website will be updated with information over the coming weeks on details of public events, event location, timings and where to line the route.
The Baton will travel nearly 500 miles in Wales, with close to 400 Batonbearers across 22 events.
Commonwealth Games Wales CEO, Chris Jenkins said “The Queen’s Baton Relay is one event that I always thoroughly enjoy being involved in. Having the opportunity for us to travel across Wales, engage with people in communities, and be part of so many different events – it really does bring us together as a Country, and this certainly accentuates the build up for Team Wales in Birmingham this summer. The planning and work that all the Local Authorities do to ensure the events are safe, seemless, and most importantly interesting and fun takes months of planning, and I’d like to thank everyone involved for their time, commitment and enthusiasm. We are now looking forward to the Queen’s Baton arriving here in Wales next month, where we will be visiting schools, historical locations and showcase the beautiful landscape we have.”
Hundreds of Batonbearers, each with inspiring backgrounds and stories, will have the honour of carrying the Baton during the journey through Wales, including those nominated in recognition of their contributions to their local community, whether that be in sport, education, the arts, culture or charity.
Since its inaugural appearance at the Cardiff 1958 Commonwealth Games, the Queen’s Baton Relay has been a tradition for the Commonwealth Games.
The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay began at Buckingham Palace on 7 October 2021, when The Queen placed Her Message to the Commonwealth into the Baton and passed it to four-time Paralympic gold medallist Kadeena Cox. Boxer Lauren Price who won Gold for Team Wales in Gold Coast 2018, also had the honour of being one the first of thousands of Batonbearers to carry the Baton.
Since then, the Baton has visited Commonwealth nations and territories in Europe, Africa, Oceania, Caribbean and the Americas. The Baton will begin it’s journey in the Home Nations with five days in Scotland, four in Northern Ireland, five in Wales, before returning to England for the final countdown to the Commonwealth Games.
Commonwealth Games Federation President Dame Louise Martin DBE said: “The Queen’s Baton Relay symbolises hope, solidarity and collaboration across the Commonwealth at a time when it is needed most. It continues to inspire people wherever it goes and creates huge excitement for Birmingham 2022 as it journeys towards the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on July 28.”
The Queen’s Baton
The Queen’s Baton for Birmingham 2022 was created in a West Midlands collaboration that fused art, technology and science. Made from copper, aluminium and steel, the Baton also features a platinum strand in homage to The Queen in her Platinum Jubilee year. It is also equipped with cutting-edge technology; 360-degree camera, heart rate monitor, atmospheric sensors and LED lighting.
For the full details of the Queen’s Baton Relay in Wales please click here